Medea Class (1889) CC

The four ships of the Medea Class (1889) were 2nd class protected cruisers. Smaller versions of the Mersey Class (1887) and part of the 1886 construction programme.

On paper they were powerful ships for their size, but in practice too much had been attempted in ships of their dimensions.

They were cramped, the boiler rooms were too restricted for efficient stoking, they were poor steamers and their low freeboard made them very wet amidships especially in a seaway.

Despite these failings, they were re-armed with quick-firing guns in the 1890's and served into the next century.


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This page last edited - 02 September, 2012.

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